Highbury Arts Club

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Tapas / Small Plates
The Highbury Arts Club is a coffee house during the day and a restaurant/tapas bar during the evening. Somewhere in between it is also an arts club with art, exhibitions, live music and other events .

In the evening, enjoy authentic homemade tapas and japas that come straight from our kitchen to your table. The small plates are prepared with fresh ingredients, (chicken and eggs are free range) and cooked by our talented japanese and spanish chefs

We want to offer you a unique neighbourhood experience and a place to gather, eat, drink and enjoy.
What 38 People Are Saying
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JC
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Arrived on a Saturday at 9.15 as it was the earliest booking available but when we got there it was empty bar one other table so not much atmosphere, however the food was first class all three courses, but to put a dampener on the evening when we got the bill we had been charged for a bottle of wine instead of a glass of wine, which considering we were the only people left a poor mistake to make!!!!

JM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love coming here. The food is always delicious (Spanish / Japanese fusion) , with a good selection of wine.

S
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Paid a babysitter for coming back with my husband to have dinner here. Food and service are always great

MK
London
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely café serving fantastic food in a relaxed environment

TD
London
29 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Cosy, neighbourhood Japanese fusion restaurant in Highbury. Unique flavours and good service

JB
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely little place in the friendly Highbury neighbourhood. The food was exceptional and the atmosphere cosy. Book early as it's a small place and gets filled up fast!

Z
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

From start to finish everything is lovely and enjoyable!

TB
London
19 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A stylish local. Very intimate and lovely. The menu changes regularly, and has always had some very tasty dishes on offer when I've been.

SB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Busy so shared tables but added to fun. Good vegetarian choice. Really different tapas and wine by carafe. Perfect

S
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to have dinner or brunch in the area.

CD
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the casual ambience, friendly service, great tapas & wine at this charming neighbourhood restaurant.

j
London
37 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the Highbury Arts Club on a Friday evening and, despite being a Friday evening, it was quiet. But that made it even more enjoyable. From the moment we entered to when we left, the service was excellent - we were hosted by a friend of the owner. We had five different tapas, which were all excellent. Ranging from the usual Padron peppers and classics with a twist (patatas bravas made from crushed new potatoes) to Japanese inspired pork belly. And, to top it off, a basil pannacotta!

The place itself is small, with only a few small tables and one large communal table. The art on display was lovely.

Will definitely go there again!

b
London
8 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

It's lovely neighbourhood restaurant and has a nice atmosphere. The quality of food is superb and service is friendly. We enjoyed their tapas on a few occasions, but brunch was slightly disappointing because the portions were too small. You had to pay extra for a 'super' size meal, but it didn't occur to us when ordering that the normal size would be so small. I don't think it will cost them much to increase the size of their 'normal' portion but will definitely increase the appeal of their brunch offering. And it's a good idea to stock up on pastry - essential for a good brunch! Overall though it's a great place.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Just what we needed

D
London
7 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A small room with rustic kind of furniture, the food was excellent, service was efficient and friendly. Nothing negative about the place, just go if you are in the neighbourhood, it’s definitely worth it.

FG
London
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The place it's nice. The brunch and breakfast offer is quite limited.
The Spanish breakfast is OK, but it's not really spanish thought.
Being spanish, I kinda of know that no person will have potatoes, ham and eggs for breakfast.
It's a nice place though.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, great service

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Have been coming here since it opened. Food is outstanding, beer and wine well chosen and has a cosy friendly atmosphere. The menu has developed and now includes Japanese influences. Recommended.

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This review is for Chef Rudi Warner’s pop-up/supper club at The Highbury Arts Club. His food was outstanding, with exciting flavours and textures, all with an artistic flair. This supper club is extremely good value for money, this standard of cooking speaks to his Michelin training in high ranking restaurants. Watch out for the next supper club!

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Venue with character, great food. Went for tapas. Big fan of the sea food dishes.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy breakfast great coffee

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Service was terribly slow

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We chose this place for its location - it is a short walk to Emirates Stadium - but the breakfast menu was tasty & the service friendly.

D
London
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is always great but this was really outstanding, creative cooking, my partner and I were both really impressed. Thanks Highbury Arts Club

BC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good quality tapas found in a local neighbourhood gem! Highly recommend the black pudding and fried egg!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Small Cafe with a simple, delicious menu. Will be back again soon!

N
London
113 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The olives, croquettes and Spanish brunch as well as the avocado and anchovy salad are recommended. Small, cosy place with quality food. Great for brunch with friends and they do babyccinos for kids. The chorizo burger looks good so will come after 12 next time do can order that!

L
London
54 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second meal at the Highbury Arts Club and we enjoyed it every bit as much as the first. Great tapas and a really nice beer they stock.

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Simon the manager was really friendly and passionate about the grub, delicious food the chorizo was amazing! One of the best breakfasts I've had in London I'll be back

L
London
54 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful place - hadn't been there before and booked it just because we were looking for somewhere in Highbury. Great tapas and wine. Highly recommended.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time in a week. Food was consistently good. Service Friendly and welcoming.

I preferrred the music on the first occasion which was gentle dub rather than cheesy house.

O
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We started going to Highbury Arts when our previous pre match eatery let us down.
We like the staff, the atmosphere and the food. The beer is pretty good as well.
A varied menu based on Tapas / pincho's is always interesting and tasty.
My companions enjoyed the chorizo burger, but I really liked the Lamb kebabs with a fresh yoghurt and mint dressing. The lamb was nicely cooked and it came with patatas bravas which went well with the beer.
A little gem worth a visit.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've visited Highbury Arts Club around 5 times now and have never had a bad meal there - the menu is small but very well chosen, with a good balance of meat, fish, and salad dishes. I would recommend the Avocado & Anchovy salad, the goat's cheese & beetroot salad, and then 3 or 4 of the meaty/potato dishes like the ham & cheese croquettes, chorizo, sobrasada. Each dish is absolutely packed with flavour and you can tell they are made with good quality ingredients.

n
London
54 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I'd like to hope this little Spanish restaurant is still a gem and our experience on Tuesday evening was a little bit of a blip. It seems that they've cut back massively on the menu. Where once there was a standard menu with a specials board, now there's just a specials board with a few bog-standard offerings such as tortilla or bread and olives on the side. That would be ok if the specials' board was mouth-watering but one of them wasn't available which didn't leave much choice. The calamari were particularly disappointing - very rubbery and tasteless.
Our waitress was very friendly when you managed to get her attention but she seemed distracted, not least by her phone.
So, all in all, we left somewhat disappointed and I can't imagine returning in a hurry which is a shame as we've had some really good times here in the past.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service and a nice ambience. They could do with beefing out their brunch beverages but were very accommodating to our requests!

B
London
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to HAC a few times, normally for brunch and we love it. Some of the food is authentic Spanish and very good (from a Spaniard) but they also do pastries and delicious coffee. One evening they held a Japas night (Japanese tapas!) and all the dishes were superb, especially the cuttle fish and pork belly. The service is good and it's a very relaxed atmosphere.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really love this place, it's very individual welcoming and the food is great. Came for brunch and had the double Sydney . Organic bacon and poached eggs with a lovely hollandaise sauce asparagus and sourdough really tasty and filling. Liked it so much we came back in the evening and somehow the place is transformed to a cool bar/restaurant a bit like a Japanese Izakaya bar but this is serving a mix of spanish Tapas and "Japas" their word for Japanese tapas. Really good food loved the Japanese belly pork and fresh calamares. Wine nice too. Enjoyed the exhibition of art on the walls and we will be coming for the once a month comedy and jazz .

AM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2015
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Came for brunch, food was nice but really small portion sizes, even the double breakfast! Wouldnt buy again. Nice atmosphere though and nice for a coffee and cake.